September 12, 2016
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September 12, 2016 |
Repairman Steven "Kops" Kopchinski is the kind of voter Donald Trump says he has drawn by the millions to the Republican Party. For three decades, the 54-year-old Bucks County man was a registered Democrat who never voted. A guy who grew up hearing his factory-worker father preach: "The Democrats are for the poor people. " But this year, Kopchinski found the GOP's bombastic nominee inspiring, so he changed parties and plans to vote for the billionaire instead this fall. "I just like Donald Trump," said the self-employed contractor from Bensalem, a largely working-class suburb that borders Philadelphia.
July 18, 2016
Orlando R. Barone is a writer in Doylestown The woman's twin daughters were 8 months old when her pimp took them away. "Kidnapped them," she told me. Human trafficking is all about control, according to Sister Terry Shields, one of the cofounders of Dawn's Place, a Philadelphia-based safe haven where those prostituted can reclaim their lives and voices. The woman told me she came from a dysfunctional home where no one ever listened to her. "I was always screaming but never heard," she said.
July 6, 2016
SO FAR, the 76ers have been minor participants in free agency, landing combo guard Jarreyd Bayless for a $27 million over three years and and Sunday getting 30-year-old point guard Sergio Rodriguez for a reported one-year, $8 million deal. The 6-3, 180-pound Rodriguez played the past five seasons with Real Madrid after being drafted by Phoenix in 2006. A four-year stint in the NBA produced averages of 4.3 points and 2.9 assists. Whether president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo pulls the trigger on anything else in the coming days remains to be seen, but it seems most likely that anybody else acquired via free agency will be a second- or third-tier type of player such as Bayless and Rodriguez, certainly not much of a difference maker for the organization moving forward.
June 24, 2016 |
Clichés about struggling artists are especially true in the dance world. Unless one is a dancer in a large company, a highly successful choreographer, or working commercially, money is always an issue. So is finding rehearsal and performance space. Second jobs are often necessary. It can be a lonely business. Former Martha Graham dancer Jeanne Ruddy is looking to create a dance center at her Performance Garage, a theater and studio in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia.